Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market is segmented by Platform (Air-based, Land-based, and Sea-based) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market sizes and forecasts in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Market Size

Military Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 2.82 %

Major Players

Military Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Market Analysis

The military electro-optical and infrared systems market was valued at USD 8.23 billion in 2021, and it is projected to grow to about USD 10.84 million in 2031 with a CAGR of 2.82% during the forecast period (2022 - 2031).

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had a severe impact on the global economy. However, defense spending in 2020 registered growth compared to 2019. Nevertheless, the economic downturn is anticipated to impact the defense budget allocation soon. As governments re-align their priorities, it is quite likely that they may impose defense budget cuts, affecting long-term procurement plans. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent shutdowns affected the defense manufacturing sector and the pace of military R&D activities in several countries. The negative impacts of the pandemic were visible in the global defense supply chains, as several programs rely upon a unique global network of part suppliers.

The market studied is likely to grow steadily during the latter half of the forecast period due to the growing demand for enhanced ISR capabilities for various manned and unmanned systems. These systems make use of EO/IR sensors. Countries are progressively adopting these systems to increase their situational awareness.

However, various design challenges, technological constraints, supply chain risks, the evolving global crisis, and unprecedented factors are projected to restrain the market growth during the forecast period.

Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Industry Segmentation

Electro-optical and infrared systems referred to as EO/IR systems, cover various distinct technologies based on targets and their missions. These sensors include visible spectrum and infrared sensors, due to which EO/IR systems provide total situational awareness during both day and night, even in low light conditions. EO/IR sensors can be deployed in many ways. They are usually mounted on aircraft or vehicles used at sea or are hand-carried and can identify targets, track moving targets, and assess threats from a distance. Their applications include, but are not limited to, airborne security, combat, patrol, surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue operations.

The market has been segmented by platform and geography. By platform, the market is segmented into land-based, air-based, and sea-based. By geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts in major countries across different regions. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD billion).

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Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Market according to our research experts:

The Sea-based Segment is Expected to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The sea-based segment of the market is anticipated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth of territorial conflicts and border issues increased the risk for maritime assets of militaries, which led to increasing emphasis on surveillance, threat detection, and target identification at sea. As modern combats emphasize these capabilities, armed forces mostly focus on incorporating and integrating sophisticated and advanced sensor systems into their naval vessels. Navy vessels need to obtain motion imagery from EO/IR sensors that provide day-night and long-range eyes on the target, which improves their ability to identify targets, perform threat assessment, assess intent by the rules of engagement, and support weapon engagement through automatic tracking and fire control solutions through line-of-sight. Thus, the need for better sensor systems that are highly reliable and accurate for the maritime patrol to improve sea-based situational awareness has increased. In addition, as the naval vessels are isolated from the terrain, it becomes important for them to possess advanced threat detection and countermeasure systems for their long-time survival from impending threats. This is driving the growth of research and development in these sea-based EO/IR sensors currently. Several nations are upgrading their naval EO/IR sensor systems. For instance,

In March 2022, The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned a new stealth frigate into service. One notable feature is an advanced integrated combat information center developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. This system has a large circular screen where operators may view all navigation, propulsion, tracking, and fire control data. The same system provides the crew 360 degrees of visibility through cameras, enabling them to see the areas around the ship without any blind spots. The remaining essential systems include an APY-2 active electronically scanned array (AESA) X-band radar, fixed and towed sonars, and an OAX-3 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor. Mitsubishi Electric supplied the radar and the EO/IR sensor.

In June 2022, US Navy selected a team led by L3Harris Technologies to deliver a Shipboard Panoramic Electro-Optic/Infrared (SPEIR) system for enhancing fleet protection. The initial value of the contract is USD 205 million, with a ceiling value of USD 593 million if all the options are exercised until March 2031. The SPEIR program marks a generational leap in using 360-degree electro-optic and infrared (EO/IR) imagery and situational awareness, as well as improved EO/IR sensors – from a weapon support sensor to a completely passive mission solution capability. Such developments are expected to bolster the sea-based segment prospects in the future.

Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market: Revenue Share (%), by Platform, 2021

North America held the Largest Market Share

North America held the largest share, primarily due to high demand from the US armed forces for EO/IR systems. The enhanced capabilities of adversaries on the battlefield forced the United States to increase its investment in technologically advanced weapon systems. Furthermore, the growing involvement of the US armed forces in various global conflicts significantly contributed to the increased procurement of advanced ISR and other systems that enhance the situational awareness of the military. In July 2022, The US House of Representatives recently approved the nation's USD 840 billion defense budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on October 1, 2023, for enhancing the mission readiness of various armed forces of the country. This will increase the Pentagon budget by USD 37 billion, focusing on providing funds to Ukraine's military, competing with China, and addressing the issues of Afghanistan's military withdrawal. Meanwhile, in April 2022, the US House of Representatives approved legislation that loosened the criteria for defense equipment lend-lease agreements with war-torn Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe, paving the path for more US weapons to enter the region.

In February 2022, US Army announced its plans for a next-generation laser target locator. The Defence Blog website reported that a branch of the Army's acquisition agency is reaching out to the industry to determine vendors' ability to produce and deliver a self-contained Laser Target Locator Module III (LTLM III) that meets updated performance requirements. The PdM SPTD is considering a competitively awarded contract in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2023 and is seeking information from interested companies on their demonstrated ability to meet the requirements for the new locator module within the stated timeline.

In August 2021, L3Harris Technologies announced that it had received a five-year, USD 96 million IDIQ contract from the US Special Operations Command to procure WESCAM MX electro-optical, infrared, and laser designator sensor suites and services. The sensor systems are expected to provide multi-spectral imaging and designation capabilities for various aircraft within the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command inventory. Similar orders for new electro-optical sensors and the upgrading of various military systems with advanced EO/IR sensors are anticipated to propel the market growth in the region during the forecast period.

Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market - Growth Rate by Region (2022 - 2031)

Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Industry Overview

Some prominent players in the market are Leonardo SpA, FLIR Systems Inc., L3Harris Technologies Inc., BAE Systems PLC, Thales Group, Ultra Electronics Holding, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Prominent market players have multifaceted product portfolios. Additionally, they try to modify and enhance their current capabilities through continuous research and development and introduce sophisticated features to deliver value-added EO/IR solutions to end users. This also helps them introduce low-differentiated products at competitive pricing. Most of the integration programs are long-term; hence, several IDIQ contracts are currently underway, signifying design modification and production of sophisticated EO/IR sensors per end-user specifications. Since the end-user requirements are diverse, it encourages strategic collaboration between market players. The development of new integration platforms drives the demand for the integration of sophisticated EO/IR sensors and systems, which, in turn, may create a positive outlook for the market during the forecast period.

Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Market Leaders

  1. Lockheed Martin Corporation

  2. BAE Systems plc

  3. Thales Group

  4. Leonardo SpA

  5. Ultra Electronics Holdings

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Military Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems Market Concentration

Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Market News

  • In June 2022, Excelitas Technologies® Corp., a leading industrial technology manufacturer focused on delivering innovative, market-driven photonic solutions, highlighted its latest thermal imaging and camera technologies for military applications at the Close Combat Symposium. The DRAGON-S12 Non-Cooled Thermal Attachment Sniper Sight displayed has a 60Hz uncooled thermal sensor coupled with a near-silent aperture, delivering best-in-class sensitivity and uniformity. The PHOENIX-S product is designed for particularly demanding ground-based sniper missions, delivering field-proven capabilities that enable early and rapid detection, recognition, and identification of targets at longer ranges, even in extremely poor light conditions. PHOENIX-S can be easily integrated into a range of firearm systems and optical riflescopes with up to 25x magnification due to its attachment configuration.
  • In May 2022, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) secured a contract to supply its MiniPOP electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems for the Philippine Navy's patrol vessels. According to company specifications and Janes C4ISR & Mission Systems: Air, the MiniPOP is an EO/IR system that may integrate four sensors in a single optical payload. It is gyrostabilized with a single line-replaceable unit (LRU). The payloads include a medium-wave infrared (MWIR) thermal imager with an XBn detector, a high-definition complementary metal oxide semiconductor (HD-CMOS) day color camera with continuous zoom, a laser rangefinder, and an IR laser pointer.
  • In March 2022, the Australian army awarded a contract to Insitu, a subsidiary company of Boeing, to supply 24 Integrator UAVs designed for tactical missions integrated with a high-zoom day full motion video (FMV) electro-optical (EO) telescope, as well as a day and night FMV mid-wave infrared (MWIR)/EO dual sensor which allows performing intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

    3. 1.3 Currency Conversion Rates for USD



    1. 3.1 Market Size and Forecast, Global, 2018 - 2031

    2. 3.2 Market Share by Platform, 2021

    3. 3.3 Market Share by Geography, 2021

    4. 3.4 Structure of the Market and Key Participants

    5. 3.5 Expert Opinion on the Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market


    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Indicators

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

    5. 4.5 Technology Trends

    6. 4.6 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.6.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD billion, 2018 - 2031)

    1. 5.1 By Platform

      1. 5.1.1 Air-based

      2. 5.1.2 Land-based

      3. 5.1.3 Sea-based

    2. 5.2 By Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

          1. By Platform

        2. Canada

          1. By Platform

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

          1. By Platform

        2. France

          1. By Platform

        3. Gemany

          1. By Platform

        4. Italy

          1. By Platform

        5. Spain

          1. By Platform

        6. Russia

          1. By Platform

        7. Rest of Europe

          1. By Platform

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

          1. By Platform

        2. India

          1. By Platform

        3. Japan

          1. By Platform

        4. Australia

          1. By Platform

        5. South Korea

          1. By Platform

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

          1. By Platform

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

          1. By Platform

        2. Mexico

          1. By Platform

        3. Rest of Latin America

          1. By Platform

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

          1. By Platform

        2. United Arab Emirates

          1. By Platform

        3. South Africa

          1. By Platform

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

          1. By Platform


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 BAE Systems PLC

      2. 6.2.2 Elbit Systems Ltd

      3. 6.2.3 Teledyne FLIR LLC

      4. 6.2.4 Israel Aerospace Industries

      5. 6.2.5 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Leonardo SpA

      7. 6.2.7 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Rheinmetall AG

      10. 6.2.10 Saab AB

      11. 6.2.11 Thales Group

      12. 6.2.12 Ultra Electronics Holdings

    3. 6.3 Other Players

      1. 6.3.1 Danbury Mission Technologies

      2. 6.3.2 System Controls

      3. 6.3.3 Zygo Corporation

      4. 6.3.4 Navitar

      5. 6.3.5 Optikos


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Military Electro-optical & Infrared Systems Market Research FAQs

The Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of 2.82% over the next 5 years.

The Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market is valued at 8 Billion USD in 2018.

The Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market is valued at 10 Billion USD in 2028.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, BAE Systems plc, Thales Group, Leonardo SpA, Ultra Electronics Holdings are the major companies operating in Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market.

Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Industry Report

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